Review: Guerilla Toss, SARALEE, Giving Up, Bad History Month @ JP Drive-In

Date: October 26, 2013

Bad History Month: Bad History Month is solo Sean History Month, singer and guitarist of Fat History Month, who you all know as Boston’s dearest underground band. The crowds descend downstairs, greeted by the warm presence of Sean, his guitar, amp, and bass drum. The bass drum seems to be something of a new addition for Sean as he has anointed us the crowd a focus group for his percussion aided performance. Sean’s gentle playing is a beautiful thing, full of depth and intensity. The liberating, calming sound that is a History Month set is so distinguishing, so relaxing. I kept thinking to myself, what a pleasure to be in a basement right now listening to this set. The only tune that I recognize is “Fucking Despair” from the same-name-can’t-recommend-enough album so don’t count me in as an expert of the nitty gritty for tonight’s set. Which might not be a bad thing – the mood generated was most notable and left us feeling better than we did thirty minutes prior.

SARALEE: I won’t speak for Chris, but I think he’ll agree with me here – Saralee is a band we hold near and dear. We first saw Sara [vocal/guitar] and Lee [drums] perform as Saralee back on May 26, 2011, opening for Peach Kelli Pop at the Problem House in Allston. That was our first Boston basement show. From that point forward – roughly – our eyes were opened to the magic of the local scene. Seeing Saralee in a grimy basement is all I know of seeing Saralee first hand. So when they took to the non-stage last night, I was brought to a rather familiar place. A cozy place. The tunes of Saralee are like small pieces of nostalgia, a soundtrack to things that might have occurred in childhood or yesterday or in the future. They are uplifting songs, at least to my hears. The only comparison I can really come up with is early OCs – if in light tone and playful minimalism. They played a dozen or so jams, most topping out at around a couple of minutes. There was a time during the winter months of both 2012 and 2013 that I spent hours for several consecutive days listening to Saralee’s DEMO at work. You’d think I would get sick of it, but it just put me in high spirits…continuously. That was the case with SARALEE tonight. I loved every minute of it, Lee’s artistic drumming synced with Sara’s ultra reverby delivery. This is a band that has won hearts across the nation in a tour culminating in this very basement. I’m sure of it. Their self-titled LP just released on 12″ hand-screened vinyl is stunning. Listen there and pick up a copy or pick up the copy and smile wide! It’ll be a favorite.

Giving Up: One of the most unfortunate things that can happen for a big fan of live music is showing up late and paying the consequences of being squished in the back. This is most trying in close quarters. So there we go, I don’t think I ever got a solid view of Giving Up, but thank God for my ears. I heard ’em! I dug what I heard, bizarre folk sorta like Page France but noisy, more demented. Catchy! A perfect complement to Saralee being all hazily distinct and stuff. Memory music. Also, I’ve been informed that Lee was on drums. Nice Lee. Check these Midwesterners out: http://givingup.bandcamp.com/ !

Guerilla TossG-Toss can just about do anything they damn want and like most things so very irresistible, crowds will follow! Every show I’ve seen Guerilla Toss play has been push and shove, so beware people who like to take things easy. There’s not another Guerilla Toss in the world – Cassie, Peter, Simon, Ian, and Arian – make/display some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever heard/seen. Punk rock stripped to its most feral motions, radically spun with noise, glitches, consistent freak outs. It’s a very held together thing though. I’m always amused just by being witness to what is going on and the domineering clutching fist enveloping the crowd, making them suspects of a short duration assault. YA i’m down for this! http://guerillatoss.bandcamp.com/

Fat History Month Announce New Album/ Tour W/ Pile (March 22-April 29)

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Exciting news today, everyone’s favorite Boston duo, Fat History Month have announced a new album, Bad History Month (which you would have known if you had been paying attention), being released on April Fool’s Day (4/1/13) on Sophomore Lounge and Exploding In Sound Records!

Bad History Month Tracklist:
1. (bad history)
2. Bad History Month
3. The Future
4. Everyday Is Christmas
5. Couch Killed The Cowboy
6. Bald History Month
7. Cat in a Box
8. Blackholes Suck
9. It Is What It Isn’t
10. (bad future)
11. There Goes The Sun
12. I Ate Myself And I Want To Die

But, hold your horses, there’s more news. Fat History Month are also hitting the road for a massive tour with fellow, local
kings, Pile (http://pile.bandcamp.com/). Check the dates below to see if they’re coming to your town:

2/16 ALLSTON MA – GREAT SCOTT w/ Big Mess, Pile, Sneeze
3/22 CAMBRIDGE MA- MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS w/ Kal Marks and Big Mess*
3/23 BUFFALO NY-  DBGB’S
3/24 DETROIT MI- JUMBO’S
3/25 CHICAGO IL – ABBEY PUB w/ Geronimo! and My Dad*
3/26 MILWAUKEE WI – QUARTER’S w/ Absolutely*
3/27 MINNEAPOLIS MN – MEDUSA w/ Buildings and Ex-nuns*
3/28 OMAHA NE – O’LEAVER’S PUB*
3/29 DENVER CO-  TBA*
3/30 SALT LAKE CITY UT* BAR DELUXE
3/31 MISSOULA MT – OLE BECK VFW POST 209 w/ Boys and St. Elias*
4/1 BELLINGHAM WA – CABIN TAVERN w/ St. Elias*
4/2 SEATTLE WA – THE BLACK LODGE w/ Devotion and St. Elias*
4/3 PORTLAND OR – EAST END w/ Gladness and St. Elias*
4/4 ARCATA CA – CRESCENT HOUSE*
4/5 YUBA CITY CA – THE CAVE*
4/6 SAN FRANCISCO CA – HEMLOCK TAVERN* W/ CUMSTAIN
4/7 OAKLAND CA – THE TREES
4/8 SAN LUIS OBISPO CA- CROSSROADS*
4/9 SANTA BARBARA CA-  BIKO GARAGE *
4/10 LOS ANGELES CA – ORIGAMI VINYL (EARLY SHOW)*
4/11 SAN DIEGO CA – TIN CAN ALE HOUSE*
4/12 TEMPE AZ*
4/13 FLAGSTAFF AZ – A LIVING ROOM*
4/14 ALBUQUERQUE NM-  THE IRON HOUSE*
4/15 AMARILLO TX – THE 806*
4/16 DALLAS/DENTON  TX-  TBA*
4/17 AUSTIN TX-  HOTEL VEGAS
4/18 HOUSTON TX – NOTSUOH*
4/19 NEW ORLEANS LA – ONE EYED JACKS*
4/20 PENSACOLA FL – THE HANDLEBAR*
4/21 BIRMINGHAM AL – THE FORGE
4/22 NASHVILLE TN – THE OWL FARM
4/23 LOUISVIKLLE KY – HAYMARKET WHISKEY BAR
4/24 BLOOMINGTON IN – SOUND WORKSHOP
4/25 ATHENS OH- LOBSTER FEST
4/26 PHILADELPHIA PA- THE GREAT INDOORS
4/27 NEW BRUNWICK NJ- COOLER RANCH
4/28 BROOKLYN NY – DEATH BY AUDIO
4/29 ALLSTON MA*- Great Scott
* – w/ Pile

Info via: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/02/fat_history_mon.html#more

Why not listen to Museum of Fat History Volume 1, a collection of old demos, B sides, and live covers dating as far back as 2007? http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/museum-of-fat-history-vol-1

Best Of 2012: LPs and More!

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In a few hours it will be 2013, but before I enter the new year I have to look back at my favorite releases in 2012. The following are my top ten:

1) The Barbaras- The Barbaras: 2006-2008 (Goner)

2) Fat Creeps- Fat Creeps EP (Self-Released)

3) Black Lips- Black Lips Live @ Third Man Records (Third Man)

4) Cumstain- White People Problems (Burger)- Okay, not officially released, but still, a favorite of mine.

5) Yankee Power- Zoo Traffic (Self-Released)

6) Hunx- Hairdresser Blues (Hardly Art)

7) Ty Segall- Twins (Drag City)

8) Gravys Drop- For the Love of Gravy (Burger)

9) Maine Coons- Maine Coons 7″ (Stencil Trash)

10) Fat History Month- Live at the Bruce Manor (http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-bruce-manor-super-xxx-ebition)

2013 shall be a year of great releases I predict.

Fat History Month/New England Patriots January 2013 Tour (1/14-1/26)

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1/14-1/26 Tour w/ New England Patriots:
1/14  Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio
1/15 New Brunswick, NJ  The Alamo 
1/16 Richmond, VA Bauhaus 
1/17 Athens OH Casa Nueva 
1/18 Cincinnatti,OH Baba Budans 239 West McMillan Street
1/19 Nashville, TN Tower 2 at the WTC 3929 Gallatin Pike 
1/20 Murfreesboro, TN Frankie Avalon house w/gnarwhal, piss bath?
1/21 Atlanta, GA The Office
1/22 Asheville, NC The Get Down
1/23 Raleigh, NC Yerducken House
1/24 Harrisonburg, VA The Crayola 
1/25 Ewing, NJ  a house
1/26 TBA
1/27 T.T. The Bears, Berfest 
If you live in or nearby any of these cities, go to the show! Fat History Month in particular is a KLYAM favorite. And for you Boston people , they’re also playing  this show:

Fat History Month- “Yeayer”/ Live @ GG’s (3/18/10)


“SHYB put this sweet tart together. You can watch it on your TV, way bigger than youtube. Live shit, 20 songs in 74 minutes, snakes eating and backwards slomo clothed humps are some highlights. A nice way to while away a grey day.
In memory of Gay Gardens, a house that was a home to us many days in the last 5 years, here’s a kinda shitty set we played there one time way back in the hoary March of 2010. We’ll miss you big buddy. ”
-Fat History Month
1) Instirmentle
2) Ice Storm
3) Nature
4) Dino
5) Things I Enjoy
Listen here: http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/yeayer

Also, here’s a link to their radio appearance on WMBR’s pipeline this past Tuesday (11/13/12): http://pipeline.wmbr.org/

Album Review: Fat History Month – Fucking Despair (2011)


Band
: Fat History Month
Full Title: Fucking Despair
Year: 2011
Label: Sophomore Lounge

Allston duo Fat History Month have a knack for crafting minimal, yet catchy, lo-fi jams best enjoyed in a sweaty, crowded basement. The ten songs on their LP Fucking Despair, ranging in length from just over one minute to just under twelve, capture the same stripped down sound utilized in their live sets: sparse, mumbled vocals with loose drum grooves and busy clean guitar riffs filling the space. Singer/ Guitarist Seanhistorymonth perfectly channels the nonchalant attitude and nonsensical lyrics of Pavement vocalist Stephen Malkmus. In the album opener “Free as a Cat”, he softly contemplates the life of a roaming feline, and on “Things I Enjoy” he provides commentary on a carefree existence. While his lyrics and delivery are plenty playful, Sean’s intricate guitar work brings about a contemplative, slightly somber mood reminiscent of early Modest Mouse or sometimes even American Football.  Songs like  “You Can Pick Your Nose, You Can Pick Your Friend’s Nose, But You Can’t Escape Your Horrible Family” feature longer instrumental passages where  his occasionally melancholic melodies are supported by the noodling percussive sounds provided by Markhistorymonth on the drums. On this, their first full length offering, Fat History Month successfully mix moody down tempo basement rock with catchy, sometimes bizarre lyrics that beg for a crowd of broke college students to sing along.

http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/fucking-despair

Review: Fat History Month, Big Mess, Masingo @ UML Fox Common (9/13/12)


Photo not from tonight’s show, taken from http://www.radioutd.com/2012/02/05/reviewinterview-fat-history-month/

Artists: Fat History Month, Big Mess, Masingo
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Venue: UMass Lowell Fox Common (Lowell, MA)
Comments:
Act I: Big Mess–  Two months is way too long. It has been two long months since I have seen the mighty Big Mess. Their music has always struck me as the perfect soundtrack for  *insert your favorite action here* “Fucking!” Okay sir, fucking sounds good, we’ll go with that. So, it’s no surprise to me that guitarist, Nicholas Wiedeman introduces their perennial set opener, “The Hook,” as a song about making love. Indeed, it is a passionate tune that consistently energizes my spirit at each Big Mess show. The next song “Side A,” from last year’s split with S’eance is equally if not more effective, but perhaps not a number to do the wild thing to, well maybe if your more of the aggressive type, which hopefully you are. This song and the track “Drone Bee” demonstrate the band’s ability to produce powerful, headbanging guitar riffs and sledgehammer drums. In a live setting, truly the best way you can experience this trio, these songs are richer and naturally heavier. In general, Big Mess’s music has always made me conjure up images of classic horror movie madmen such as one, Jack Torrence.The whole set consists of classics and most of the crowd tonight appear to be fans that have experienced Big Mess time and time again; you can see in their eyes a deep admiration for their peers. I share this sense of admiration for the band and hope to see them again sometime soon. http://bigmessma.bandcamp.com/album/big-mess

Act II: Fat History Month– The show begins with Seanhistorymonth standing amongst the kids at The Fox Common, strumming his guitar and with his co-conspirator Markhistorymonth on drums, the duo sink into their weird, little world, taking all the kids aboard. Much like Big Mess, Fat History is a sound band in the studio,  but are perhaps better appreciated in a live setting. On stage,  you truly get to witness the unbeatable chemistry between Sean and Mark that you cannot experience simply from listening to one of their records. As always, the pair dish out some of my favorites, including, but certainly not limited to “Free As A Cat,”  “Old Lady Smokers,  and the Bad History demo “Everyday Is Christmas.” At one point, Sean expresses an appreciation for the decent turn out of bodies in attendance, much greater than he expected. This is no surprise to me however, in fact I would hope more kids got turned on to their music. But, those that show up are immersed in their peformance and when it comes time for requests, someone shouts NATURE! I find this to be hilarious because this is at least the third or fourth time now that I have heard “Nature” requested at a Fat History show. It is a terrific song, so why not?! What is great about this performance is the fact that they follow up “Nature” with the epic track “You Can Pick Your Nose, You Can Pick Your Friend’s Nose, But You Can’t Escape Your Horrible Family.” Up until this point I don’t believe I have ever heard this song live, so that is a definite plus. Not to mention that these two songs are next  to each other on their LP Fucking Despair (pick that thang up btw), thus giving this set a further feeling of completion. I am so glad we have a band like Fat History Month in Boston; it is always a pleasure to see them live and they play a shit TON of shows in this area and beyond, so get yer ass out to any or all of them! Man, I wish I had heard all of this great music when I was a little kid, instead of reading about Fidel Castro, watching old porn movies from the 70s, and getting placed in figure-four locks. Sure, Fat History Month is probably a little bit too bizarre for most children, but in this crazy world we live in they are going to get exposed to some fucked up shit anyway, might as well make sure it’s constructive, beautiful, fucked up shit. Why fill their little heads with hope now? Why not give them a tip before the weight of the the world wipes away all their precious dreams? Jeeze Chris, way to kill the party. Ahh, I’m only teasing, as they say everyday is Christmas, or at least everyday feels like Christmas when you have great bands like Fat History Month around you. Cheers. http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/fucking-despair

Act III: Masingo– Masingo, damn Masingo I knew I had seen you before (on a bill with SARALEE @ the Ant Cellar last May), but for the life of me I could not remember them. My bad. Then when Masingo hits the stage, I have some flashbacks, still cannot recall too much, but now I remember these young lads. In particular the vocalist/guitarist has a great attitude and I do remember this quality from before. He is interactive with the audience, inquiring about college and informing the students about endorphins and other matters. He hops around quite a bit, shaking his shaggy hair in the process.  The other two members are equally skilled and their fast, punk delivery is admirable. I am not quite sure if it is my cup of tea, but they are entertaining. My favorite moment is when the vocalist/guitarist flies off the stage, with his guitar in his arms, and falls flat on his back, only to hop right back on stage as if nothing had happened. Check out their bandcamp page: http://masingo.bandcamp.com/

*SHOW ALERT* FAT HISTORY MONTH/BIG MESS/MASINGO @ UML FOX COMMON (9/13/12)


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Thursday, September 13, 2012, a glorious day for all because the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) is presenting Fat History Month, Big Mess, and Masingo @ the UMass Lowell Fox Common. Doors at 7, show starts at 8. 3 badass local bands!
http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/
http://bigmessma.bandcamp.com/album/big-mess
http://masingo.bandcamp.com/